Friday, February 28, 2020

Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences: Stock Horses vs Sporthorses

BY JAMIE SKUBAL I often get asked, "What’s the difference between showing a horse at Hunter/ Jumper shows and showing the Under Saddle, Hack, & Over fences at stock horse shows...

How to Braid a Mane and Tail for the Hunter Ring

By Intern Katie Lenkart Ever wondered how to hunter braid? Braiding is both a fun activity and a way to spend some valuable extra time with your horse. Just like with every other skill, practice...

From Bullied to the Barn: #makingmclain and the Trainer Who Makes It All Possible

BY MEGAN HOFFMAN Do you ever meet someone and know that they will change the course of your life? That’s how it was when Ziggy and I met Liza. We knew we were in for...

Lessons From Levi – When The Horse You Got Isn’t The One You Thought...

By TPH Ambassador Kristyna Lucakova “He’ll keep you out of trouble my father mumbled”, as he signed the check. Little did we know, he would do so much more than keep me out of trouble. For...

College Equestrian Teams: What’s The Best Fit For You? NCAA vs. IHSA

By Intern Annie Birmingham The end of May marks a new adventure for high school students across America: it is officially time to begin contemplating your college options. This task is particularly tedious for young...

Breaking Traditions to Be a Better Rider

BY IRENE ELISE POWLICK There is no question that equestrian sport is deeply rooted in tradition. In the hunter/jumper world, everything seems rooted in tradition. Why do we mount only on the left side? It was...

“The Judge Didn’t Like Me”

BY CARLY PHOON Competing in equitation can be humbling. For me, a little moment of learning came from my last equitation flat class. First, a flashback to the beginning of the show season: Eq flat classes...

Notes to my daughter – Life lessons at the horse show

Pictured: Grace McReynolds leading Lorelei Cudney's Bits N' Pieces at Colorado Spring Preview 2017 | PC: TPH Intern Mackenzie Shuman By Averill Pessin  As parents, we hope our children get two main things from their sport: Short-term...

Don’t Let Anyone Talk You Out of Buying a Thoroughbred for the Hunters

BY LAUREN MAULDIN I love looking at warmblood hunters. They're fat, dappled, athletic. A lot of them look like they were absolutely made for the job, like slowly cantering...

A Barn Owner Responds to the “Ethics of Employment”

BY PONYMOMAMMY I read the article, several times in fact, and I have a few things I’d like to add. Now it is entirely possible I misread the intention behind it, and I am by...

Inside the Numbers: How Much Does Pony Finals Cost?

BY 2019 PONY FINALIST Attending Pony Finals is a dream shared by many young equestrians. A trip in the Walnut Ring, the chance for a coveted top 20 ribbon,...

Two USHJA Horse Welfare Rule Proposals You Need to Know About

BY TPH STAFF It’s that time of year again. The USHJA Annual meeting is just around the corner, and with it a series of proposed rule changes. Everyone can review the...

Touch of Class: Show Jumping’s Great Thoroughbred Mare

BY JESS CLAWSON The hallways of the hunter/jumper sport are lined with champions, and one of the greatest on the wall is the Thoroughbred mare, Touch of Class.

Straight From the Judge’s Booth: Strategies for the Under Saddle

BY R JUDGE SISSY WICKES The more I judge, the more I am surprised that riders do not think more about how to ride an under saddle class. Yes,...

More Than Sharing Pony Pictures: The Unintended Consequences of Social Media

BY K2 INTELLIGENCE As social media platforms and apps such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and YouTube become increasingly enmeshed in the fabric of our lives, the unintended consequences of their use cannot...

The Horse Show Prizes Adult Amateurs Really Want

BY LAUREN MAULDIN As a struggling adult amateur, it's only been a somewhat recent development for me to have any opinion at all about horse show prizes. For the longest time,...

Four Reasons You Should Be Leasing Instead of Buying

Emily Elek with Elizabeth Woods and Hidden Springs Woodstar - a Large Pony Hunter who embodies #4 on this list. Photo: Cindy Woods By Emily Elek Many equestrians dream of a horse to call their own...

5 Good Horsemanship Habits To Add to Your Routine

BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM We all know that horses can be somewhat delicate creatures, and straying from a strict care routine both before and after riding often leads to complications. Here are 5 good horsemanship...

I Take Forever in the Cross Ties

BY LAUREN MAULDIN These days, I take forever in the cross ties—especially before my ride. I didn’t used to be this way. My horse always had to be body...

The 8 Types of Hunter Jumper Trainers

By Averill Pessin The Battle Ax Loud, brash and unapologetic, you'll always know when the Battle Ax has a client in the ring.  She holds up the order, is the loudest ringside and is the undisputed...

Why Good Help Is Hard to Find: A Barn Manager’s Perspective

BY LINDSEY ABBOTT For years I’ve loved working as a barn manager and stay-at-home trainer. Part of my job is acting as a liaison between the boss and the two different...

The Day I Learned That Winning Doesn’t Matter

BY SARA ZIMMERMAN I remember it the way people remember big events in their lives—in exquisite and insignificant detail, in sounds and feelings, in visceral emotions. I remember it with a...